Siquijor Gov. Zaldy Villa said a new provincial hospital and a landing facility, both worth millions of pesos, will be constructed in the island province soon.
The Siquijor provincial hospital has an initial budget of P140 million from the Department of Health. The building plan is designed to conform with the standards of the DOH. Bidding is scheduled next month, and construction is expected to start before the end of 2014, Villa said.
The 150-bed hospital will be established in a five-hectare lot acquired by the provincial government, and will be refurbished with complete hospital equipment, facilities and personnel to address the pressing need for a reliable healthcare facility in Siquijor so that patients will no longer travel to Negros Oriental or Dumaguete to avail of hospital services.
Villa said he has requested for P300 million funding, and the next tranche is expected to be released next year. He said the old provincial hospital could be converted into another facility.
Meanwhile, the landing facility aims to boost tourism and the influx of business in the province.
Villa said P30 million was allotted for the construction of the airport last year and P40 million for this year, coming from the Department of Transportation and Communications. He said P250 million is needed to fund the construction of the facility, including the put up of fencing and building, and the project is expected to start in January.*JG